Exploring American Girlhood Through 50 Historic Treasures

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.6 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Ashley E. Remer is the founder and Head Girl of Girl Museum--the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girlhood. She holds an MA in the History and Criticism of Art from the University of Auckland. For over two decades, Ashley has worked as an art historian, curator, writer, and editor internationally. She has collaborated with artists, NGOs, scholars, educators, and girls across the globe showcasing girl culture to raise awareness and promote social change. Her research focuses on girlhood in various local and global contexts. She is currently working on her PhD at the Australian National University and is the co-chair of the Girls' History and Culture Network with the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY). Tiffany R. Isselhardt serves as Girl Museum's Program Developer, where she oversees exhibitions, podcasts, community outreach, and social media. She holds a Master's in Public History from Appalachian State University, and has worked with the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Theodore Roosevelt Center, Museum Hack, and the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University. Her research focuses on uncovering the hidden history of girls in order to advocate for gender equality, and how museums can better interpret and provide programming inclusive of girls' unique history and culture. She has presented on girlhood at several conferences, including the International Girl Studies Association and the National Council on Public History, and enjoys working at the intersections of history, material culture, and girl studies.


Exploring American Girlhood in 50 Historic Treasures is an exceptional book that will spark curiosity, inspire further learning, and set readers on a path to ensuring that girls - past, present, and future - are recognized for their momentous contributions to change.--Dina Bailey, CEO, Mountain Top Vision
Meticulously researched and captivating, Exploring American Girlhood through 50 Historic Treasures illustrates and elevates the cultural impact and historical legacies of girls through art, stories, and artifacts. This book showcases girls' contributions, resilience, courage, and agency in a way that will give readers a new respect for girls - and empower girls to assert their vital position in society.--Jessica R. VanLanduyt, senior vice president of guest experiences, Atlanta History Center
Remer and Isselhardt bring together a fascinating collection of historic sites, archaeological evidence, artifacts, literature, and music to tell the rich and complex story of girlhood in America. Readers will enjoy the stories of familiar treasures they may recognize from their own childhood while being challenged to consider their lives against the sweeping backdrop of millenia of girl culture in North America. This groundbreaking book gives voice to American girls from diverse backgrounds and epochs, restoring historical agency to these traditionally marginalized groups.--Susan A. Fletcher, director of History and Archives, The Navigators, author of Exploring the History of Childhood and Play Through 50 Historic Treasures